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Sunday was the start of the second round, with Te Atatu needing to maintain its winning streak, if it wants to maintain its position, top of the table, with East Coast.
The round started with the home game against Oratia, and having won 3-nil away, Te Atatu was confident of the points, but wanted to build on its composure on the ball. with coach Arjan having now settled on a 3-4-3 formation.
Te Atatu started strongly, but with barely 5 minutes gone, Kirsten came off injured, and with just the one sub, it was going to be a long day at the office for the girls. But just 10 minutes later Bronwyn came off second best in a tackle which will probably see her out for 2 or 3 weeks. Down to 10 players, what had seen a fore gone conclusion, became a real test of not just fitness, but also mental strength.
In what can only be described as pure football, Te Atau rather than going into its shell, started to play some of its most attacking football of the season. Danny set the pace, with superb runs down the flanks and crosses into the Oratia box.
In the middle of the park, Laura was finding an extra inch of space, and creating havoc for the Oratia defence, and was unlucky not to open her account for the season. However Kirsten was not to be denied and landed an inch perfect 20 yard drive to see Te Atau go to the half 1-nil up.
At half time Arjan focused the girls on ensuring they all did the basics well, as he knew they couldn't continue at the same pace for the second half with only 10 players. But in what is developing into not only one of the strongest defences in the league, Tracey, Shorts and CK (Player of the day) showed they were also one of the smartest, springing the offside trap 8 times in the second half.
But at their heart, Te Atau wants to play attacking football, and Shorts was constantly looking to build out of defence, with some impressive runs carving up the opposition midfield. In goal Cilla showed pure athleticism when a Flying mid air dive palmed away an impressive shot to the top corner.
Te Atau got its second from the ever consistent Helena, who chipped the keeper from 18 yards out. The girls closed out the game 2- nil up, unlucky not to have got more.
Building on their impressive win over top of the table East Coast Bays last week, Te Atatu had a new confidence on Sunday against West Auckland.
With a measured start, Te Atau start building its share of possession and control of the game, but was lacking the final touch to finish and West Auckland looked capable of a upset win. However in a brilliant “Alex Fergusson” move Ajan substituted Wendy on the left wing, changing the Te Atau attack.
Wendy quickly took complete control of her flank, and started to pepper the West Auckland box with crosses and shots. When she wasn’t out wide, she was proving to be a target at the back post for Helena on the opposite flank.
In a lethal combination, Helena attacked down the right flank, sent a cross into Wendy at the back post, only to see it intercepted by the West Auckland sweeper, whose clearance went straight back to Helena feet. With the West Auckland defence now split wide open, Helena drilled the ball into the net.
Half time saw the score 1 – nil to Te Atau with West Auckland best chance being a breakout, that had seen a one on one with keeper Cilla, but Cilla was too fast on her line, and took the ball from the West Auckland’s centre forwards feet.
The second half saw increased pressure and possession see-sawing from end to end. However with 15 minutes to go Bronwyn put it beyond a doubt curling a corner into the top right corner of the goal. Player of the day went to “CK” who had covered miles of ground in the midfield.